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The 10 Best Restaurants In Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver Sunset | © Magnus Larsson/Flickr
Downtown Vancouver Sunset | © Magnus Larsson/Flickr
Vancouver is an exciting place to be for gourmets. The city offers an exceptional selection of restaurants notable for both food and atmosphere, creating some of Canada’s top fare. From fine dining and farm-to-table options, discover the 10 must-try spots in our updated guide to the city’s best restaurants.
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Miku

Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, $$$
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Unlike other Japanese restaurants, usually characterised by Oriental décor and dim lights, Miku boasts a wonderfully bright, sleek, modernly-decorated venue. Huge windows offer fantastic, close-up views of Vancouver’s waterfront, where Miku is located. White dominates the space and the walls, except for a few colorful murals, like the ensemble of blue and red fish painted over the open-view kitchen. Miku is best known for the outstanding quality of its sushi.
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Sun:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Bistro 101

Bistro, Restaurant, Canadian
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If you didn’t know it, you would never guess that Bistro 101 is entirely run by cooking students. Established years ago as an arena for its students to cut their teeth on professional cooking, this restaurant certainly doesn’t have the aura of newbies just starting out. The evolving menu, completely refreshed every month, is delectable and well-executed, the service on point and perfectly appropriate.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wed:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Blue Water

Cafe, Restaurant, Seafood
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Vancouver’s gourmets love Blue Water Café for its delicious seafood dishes, masterfully prepared by acclaimed chef Frank Pabst, and with outstanding consistency. The restaurant’s large, captivating dining room has changed the face of the warehouse it once was, turning the original industrial space into a warming and sophisticated ambience which, in addition to the sensational food, makes dining here a delight.
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Sun:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
4:30 pm - 12:00 am

Chambar

Restaurant, European, $$$
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Chambar is a fine-dining restaurant specialising in the distinctive flavours and dishes of Belgium. Situated in a historic building dating back to the turn of the 20th century, Chambar’s venue is characterised by the luscious wood of rustic pines and red birches which, combined with comfortable lighting, create a splendidly cozy and intimate setting.
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Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tue:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wed:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
8:00 am - 12:00 am

Farmer's Apprentice

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Farmer’s Apprentice is one of the latest and most acclaimed novelties to have appeared on Vancouver’s dining scene. The restaurant has an extremely homely ambience; in fact one has the impression that they may have just entered somebody’s dining room. But the fresh, innovative dishes featuring unusual ingredients and combinations of flavours are the real surprise of this jewel of a restaurant.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Forage

Forage aims to bring cooking back to basics. An enthusiastic proponent of the farm-to-table movement, not only does Forage source natural, organic fare from local producers, but also try to keep energy consumption to a minimum and strongly believes in environmental protection and sustainability. A casual and affordable option for breakfast, brunch or dinner, Forage is the perfect match for those seeking natural, wholesome and delicious food.

Forage, 1300 Robson St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 661 1400

L'Abattoir

Restaurant, American, $$$
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You would be hard-pressed to find a restaurant with a location more striking and peculiar than L’Abattoir. L’Abattoir is situated in a 19th century building which used to house the city’s first prison. The exposed brick walls have been conserved, while new, captivating features were added in the final décor, such as the beautiful tile floor and an intricate web of tree branches hanging over the tables.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

Le Crocodile

Restaurant, French
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Originally from France‘s Strasbourg, some 50 years ago chef Michael Jacob settled on Vancouver as the home base for his restaurant Le Crocodile. A homage to his favourite restaurant in Strasbourg, Jacob’s intention was to offer the same brilliant dining experience to all foodies in Vancouver. An establishment of understated elegance and relatively affordable prices, in the past Le Crocodile has been chosen by several Hollywood stars for its classy ambience and delectable French cuisine.
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Mon:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Meat & Bread

Vancouver’s Meat&Bread does one thing, and does it right: panini. Join the queue at one of the two branches in the city, enjoy watching the panini prepared in front of your eyes, and finally savor one of the most amazingly delicious sandwiches you’ve ever had; porchetta and meatballs are two popular variants. The menu changes daily and features a selection of panini plus a few sides, but every item is so tasty that limited choice isn’t a deal-breaker in Meat & Bread’s case.

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Vij's Restaurant

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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India‘s gastronomy is particularly rich and multifaceted, influenced as it is by Persian, Bengali and even British cooking on top of its local culinary tradition. Vancouver’s Indian restaurant Vijs creatively resolves such variety by wisely fusing ingredients and techniques of India’s different cuisines within a single dish. The result is an array of eclectic offerings, charmingly presented, that rearrange the flavors of India to a surprising effect.
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Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm